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Vaping In The News – March 31st, 2018

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Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, e-cigarettes, snus, heat not burn, tobacco control, public health, government regulations, policies and more.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”



FDA WANTS COMMENTS ~ E-cigarettes and the obsolescence of combustion ~ Petition ~ Topeka “Tobacco 21” Ordinance Turned Down by Judge ~ The difference between a snafu, a shitshow, and a clusterfuck ~  The Road To Criminalizing Tobacco Product Users ~ Chef Stan’s Cookbook ~  U.S. Health Groups File Suit To Expedite More Smoking ~ An Open Letter ~ Rethinks Attitude… ~ Keep Smoking We Need The Money ~ California Catastrophe ~




FDA wants comments

Comments are being accepted on the regulation of flavors….on their (in my opinion) already decided rules.

Submit yours, then have everyone in your email list do it as well. Then, have them have everyone on their email list do that as well…

Regulation of Flavors in Tobacco Products


E-cigarettes and the obsolescence of combustion

“…substantial proportions of the population wrongly believe that e-cigarettes are as dangerous as combustible cigarettes…. Unfavorable press coverage, negative campaigns by e-cigarette opponents, and lack of training of health professionals may explain this situation.”

E-cigarettes and the obsolescence of combustion


Topeka “Tobacco 21” Ordinance Turned Down by Judge

Adult choices are adult choices. I wonder why the “Tobacco 21” movement isn’t going state by state rather than each individual local city/town… 50 times rather than hundreds of times… publicity – public opinion – wasting valuable time for those opposed?

A #CrankyOldBroad whispered in my ear – if they get the towns, they can manipulate the states… and most – if not all – of these “Tobacco 21” moments are including e-cigarettes… take all the time you need with that…… Either way, Topeka said “NO“.

Topeka “Tobacco 21” Ordinance Turned Down by Judge


Petition:

Reject Proposed 75% Tax on NJ Vapor Industry – it’ll take you less than 2 minutes.

Reject Proposed 75% Tax on NJ Vapor Industry

Directly related:

Have you ever wondered WHY they wanted to classify nicotine as “tobacco”? Because smokers paid that tax, not tobacco companies. Now, not that I like smokers still paying tax, I DON’T. Not any more than liking people NOT smoking paying the tax.

However, because they can impose tobacco taxes on a NON-tobacco product like e-liquid…. (and tops, and batteries according to National Tobacco Day)

Nothing says #KeepSmokingWeNeedTheMoney, #PonziScheme and “return on investment” like bonds that “were based on assumptions that cigarette smoking declines would not exceed 4 percent annually.”

Sounds like it’s about health, eh? 👇

New Jersey to refund junk tobacco bonds for $3.2 billion of high-grade paper

Kentucky is doing the same thing.

Tobacco taxes are just part of the conversation…. We have holes in state revenue that we have to fill. How we do that is going to be how we get out of the session.”

Sounds like it’s about health, eh? 👇

Kentucky lawmakers meet privately with tobacco lobbyist as cigarette tax discussions continue


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The difference between a snafu, a shitshow, and a clusterfuck

This explains the nature of the e-cigarette fight to a “T”.

I don’t normally use “cuss” words on my blog – because it seems to me I can get my point across without them – allowing new readers to see the point and cuss themselves….

Also, this would be the first time I’ve had all out “PG” rating to a link on my blog, and because of the nature of it, I’m happy to do so.

The difference between a snafu, a shitshow, and a clusterfuck


The Road To Criminalizing Tobacco Product Users

Sounds like it’s about health, eh? 👇

The Road To Criminalizing Tobacco Product Users


Chef Stan’s Cookbook

Again…. overcooked!

Chef Stan’s Cookbook


Anti-Vaping Groups Sue the FDA to Reinstate the 2018 PMTA Deadline

Recommended reading from Jim McDonald here:

Anti-Vaping Groups Sue the FDA to Reinstate the 2018 PMTA Deadline


And Carl:

Anti-Tobacco Groups Sue FDA Over Vape Ban Timing. But Why?


U.S. Health Groups File Suit To Expedite More Smoking

Admittedly, Jim and Carl were better, now via… me:

U.S. Health Groups File Suit To Expedite More Smoking


An Open Letter

Via David Dorn

An Open Letter to PHE and other “supporters” of ecigs and TRR. (Tobacco RISK Reduction)

AND from David:

David was someone who emailed me early on while conducting my survey (2014) explaining I had nicotine strength (and addiction) all wrong… I didn’t have any higher than 24… he explained strengths went higher…much higher. He explained why.

From the “pleasure principle” to many other things, I learn from this man, I appreciate this man.

Rethink attitudes…


Californian Catastrophe

In the world of funny, this is sad, and this is funny. Not because I was one mentioned within –  because it shows the power of a headline and the lack of intelligence from anyone immediately involved taking it upon themselves to jump on the stupidity bandwagon… and this is why we can’t have nice things.

It is also why, when I as a consumer, do not understand something, I ask someone smarter than I am to explain it. Of course, that practice is evidently not a familiar thing to do among professionals….they just toss it out and… well, I’ve taken up way too much of your time:

Californian Catastrophe


Please, tell the FDA what you think.




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Add names – company name –  number of years the customer smoked, flavor chosen…etc… and any credit you may want for the photo as desired.

 




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Vaping In The News – January 27th, 2018

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Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, e-cigarettes, snus, heat not burn, tobacco control, public health, government regulations, policies and more.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”


Altria seeks state review of tax policy ~ Will we ever get the truth behind the FDA’s devastating vaping rule? ~ Shocking cigarette development could change everything ~ Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes (4) ~ Japan’s IQOS Experience Suggests Product Could Reduce U.S. Cigarette Consumption ~ A Big Week For Tobacco Harm Reduction ~ I could be wrong… ~ Vaping less harmful to lung fluids than smoking, study shows ~ Why D.C.’s proposed $2-a-pack increase in cigarette taxes is wrong ~ Joint Statement


Altria seeks state review of tax policy on new ‘reduced risk’ tobacco products

So, taxing “nicotine” because it is “deemedtobacco is to recoup taxes on losses of the government(s) from slowing sales of tobacco – and of course, they didn’t plan on cigarette sales dropping like they have, as a result of their irresponsible fiscal greed and inability to budget downward and out of existence, they deemed nicotine & e-cigs, components and parts AS tobacco so they can tax them and oh, I’m just babbling now — anywhooo….

Altria wants to reduce taxes on tobacco because it’s “reduced risk” tobacco. So, yeah.

Altria seeks state review of tax policy on new ‘reduced risk’ tobacco products


Will we ever get the truth behind the FDA’s devastating vaping rule?

In case you missed it, it’s pretty clear…

NOT.

Will we ever get the truth behind the FDA’s devastating vaping rule?


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Shocking cigarette development could change everything

Shocking cigarette development could change everything

And, because I’m your friend, I’ll include this, where the ‘ever self-important’ Professor “Puff-N-Stuff” wants to control the world, he’s put his worthless opinion in, added here for your convenience. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

FDA should not grant PMI’s Premarket Tobacco Product Application for IQOS


Host–agent–vector–environment measures for electronic cigarette research used in NIH grants

This one made me laugh angry. In the conclusions from 2007 thru 2015:

“contributes to receipt and ultimately funding a greater proportion of grant proposals”

“lack of specificity about the e-cigarette product under study”

“authors needed to conduct online searches to determine the product type”

“Consequently, the universe of grant proposals in our analysis could reflect a bias of the funding agencies’ priorities and not the investigative community.”

“Could reflect a bias”… could, my vaping ass.

Host–agent–vector–environment measures for electronic cigarette research used in NIH grants


Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes

Well, for the most part…. there are consequences… and while it may take a while for you to go through it, I’ve got Jim McDonald, Carl V. Phillips and Michael Siegel below it to shed better light on it before you decide to click on the actual report.

Via Jim McDonald / Vaping 360:

“The bottom line is that the NASEM review is just what the FDA was hoping for.”

National Academies Vape Report: Just What the FDA Needed

Via Carl V. Phillips / Daily Vaper

There is no addiction, there is no gateway…

“There is no informational content here.”

National Academies Report On E-Cigs: Just What The FDA Ordered

Via Dr. Michael Siegel

He adjusted the content to be accepted for publishing in U.S. News & World Report. (His commentary is included in the graphic below the link)

National Academy of Sciences Report on E-Cigarettes Confirms that Vaping is Much Safer than Smoking and Has No Known Long-Term Health Effects

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Dr. Siegel’s article in U.S. News & World Report:

Real Talk About Vaping

The actual report:

Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes


Japan’s IQOS Experience Suggests Product Could Reduce U.S. Cigarette Consumption

Brad Rodu… any questions?

Japan’s IQOS Experience Suggests Product Could Reduce U.S. Cigarette Consumption


A Big Week For Tobacco Harm Reduction

Dick Puddlecote… Any questions?

A Big Week For Tobacco Harm Reduction


I could be wrong…

I. As in me. I could be wrong. It’s happened…. anyway… 22nd Century has been touted countless times by organized crime syndicates about how excited they are for “lowering nicotine” in cigarettes. The FDA has said it enough for me to become obsessed with the success or fate of this company. I don’t “care”, but have watched intently as the idiots think it could work for smokers wanting to quit… I thought it was a shoo in, at least for the FDA to keep saying it.

Investors on the other hand…

Clive Bates and David Sweanor are both quoted within:

Smokin’ 22nd Century (XXII) Will Get Crushed


Vaping less harmful to lung fluids than smoking, study shows

Well, of course, it is.

Vaping less harmful to lung fluids than smoking, study shows


Why D.C.’s proposed $2-a-pack increase in cigarette taxes is wrong

#KeepSmokingWeNeedTheMoney :

Why D.C.’s proposed $2-a-pack increase in cigarette taxes is wrong


Smoking cost runs high in South Carolina

Lindsey Stroud states:

“not only is the Food and Drug Administration battling e-cigarettes, county health departments around the country are joining in the battle to “demonize devices that can help improve public health.”

Smoking cost runs high in South Carolina


Joining Ranks

Finally – to wrap up Vaping In The News this week, the scream test continues… each time I see “prestigious” educational institutions denying funding… I get inquisitive…

Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD, MSc, Dean of Bloomberg School of Public Health  – Johns Hopkins University joined ranks by choosing financing and funding of their research to continue with taxes from smoking as they released this joint statement.

Since the Master Settlement Agreement commenced in 1998, I can only conclude – according to the Johns Hopkins University website stating  “as a partner in a number of public health initiatives since its inception in 1998” that Dean MacKenzie (and the others signing) place funding via sales of tobacco via the MSA as ethical… but don’t trust themselves to do unbiased research despite the source of funding.

 




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Smoking Is Preferred According To Public Health Leaders

 

Smoking Is Preferred

Smoking Is Preferred

You wouldn’t think smoking is preferred by public health leaders. Any opportunity to “eliminate” smoking should be of the highest priority to those claiming it causes XXX,XXX deaths a year. If it were important, public health would take crucial steps to stop it using any means necessary. Well, the evidence is in, it isn’t that important. They prefer a “middleman”, an illusion of clean hands, fiscal integrity, an indirect conflict of interest, professionally. See, the leading cause of funding for tobacco control is taxes derived from smoking. Let me put that another way: Smoking funds finance tobacco control.

Hypocrites.


When “professionals” heard of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, they were outraged. In fact, there was a “Frank Statement” against it. There is an open letter from 123 health groups (count the number of groups addicted to sales of tobacco and taxes derived in any form on that list). Accepting grants directly from a tobacco company to fund research of course, is not acceptable to professionals. Taking money from smoking the “old fashioned way” to “fight” smoking? They’re addicted to that, that’s just fine.

When tobacco control “experts” and public health leaders around the world received an email from Derek Yach, President of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, the reaction was typical, the result was elementary school-yard bullying.

There were less than than professional responses. Dr. Michael Siegel, a former student of Professor Glantz,  has refused a position at the newly formed Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. (Covered here and by me, here.)


Smoking Is Preferred According To Public Health LeadersHow is tobacco control funded again?

One example: California’s Prop 56 is funded ” through tobacco excise taxes”.

Matt Myers created the Master Settlement Agreement. He worked WITH tobacco companies to create the largest ponzi scheme in the world. In one year, between 2016 and 2017, that scheme lost 1.8 Billion dollars.

 

The problem is, taxing something and needing it to fund the solution
for it….. doesn’t….. work. On the contrary, it creates a Ponzi scheme and that money goes up in smoke.


Smoking is important to control

According to The Wire, Ilona Kickbusch stated

“I head a WHO collaborating centre and have no wish to be associated with tobacco companies and money in any way.”

Abject stupidity. Taxes from smoking are devoured.

According to the World Health Organization, there are rules. Among other ~controlly~ things within, it seems silly to mention, Article 5.3 directly states:

  • Require that information provided by the tobacco industry be transparent and accurate.
  • Parties should ensure that any interaction with
    the tobacco industry on matters related to
    tobacco control or public health is accountable and
    transparent.
  • Where interactions with the tobacco industry are necessary, Parties should ensure that such interactions are conducted transparently. Whenever possible, interactions should be conducted in public, for example through public hearings, public notice of interactions, disclosure of records of such interactions to the public.

I couldn’t find anything showing demands of public health requiring transparency, ethics or integrity of itself. That’s ok. I can see right through them.


Smoking

The louder they scream wolf

A big mouth, with little context, retired professor Simon Chapman tweeted:

Smoking


The reaction by select global public health leaders is simply another unprofessional example of the public health scream test. Tobacco “Control” has always been at “war” with tobacco. They are shifting the blame, creating a smokescreen they have accused tobacco companies of doing for decades. Pressure is mounting, and the “endgame” they love to talk about has new rules. This isn’t about harm reduction, it isn’t about heat not burn, or snus, or ecigs. It’s about money. Fiscal Health. Control. It seems Philip Morris, despite the appearance others are trying to portray, has found peace with its position and, despite even my own weak suspicions, is trying to change the world.

Experts want smoking just the way it is. What are they afraid of? Despite false flags, innuendo and well-thought-of tactics, they have become their own enemy and are afraid of smoking going away. They are not the ones in control. They’re threatened by what is obvious, their own demise. In reality, the younger generation is proving itself over the last decade, tobacco control will be another casualty of smoking – it already is without them.

This is Why Tobacco Control Should not be Trusted


Here’s what happened last year:

from Neil McKeganey Ph.D. Christopher Russell Ph.D. themselves:

Why Academics Should Resist Pressure to Disengage with the Tobacco Industry



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Vaping In The News – October 14th, 2017

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As I put this weeks edition together, I pondered all the time and public OUR money wasted over the past 10+ years by experts – tracking tweets, buying media, pretending to do studies and claiming science… Then, I wonder…. what have they tried to accomplish… and what other much more important items they’ve done the same with, or ignored in the process.


Johnson Creek is going out of business ~ Science Lesson ~ Marathon Man ~ Bloomberg ~ Tobacco 21 ~ Teen Cigarette Narcs ~ Doug Teitelbaum ~  Foundation for a smoke-free world ~ Tobacco Free Kids ~ Screaming ~


This is Vaping In The News for the week ending October 14th, 2017


Instead of babbling, I’ll lead off with a spirited tweet from Ann, who I (and others) miss dearly.


Johnson Creek is going out of business

Their statement:

Important! Johnson Creek is going out of business


Science Lesson

One of the best ways to learn is to listen and read. That’s why I like reading Carl’s blog. I don’t always agree with Carl, and that is how I learn.

“Ecigs are a replacement for tobacco products. They are not a replacement for lost tobacco taxes.”

I’ve said this a thousand times.

In this instance, there should be NO tax imposed on vaping products (other than normal sales tax). Period. We agree.

Science Lesson: The Optimal Tax Rate For Vapor Products Is Zero


Marathon Man

Chris Baxter, who I’ve followed over on Twitter:

YES.

Lancaster man vapes his way to marathon success

Related: Jerry Iozzo

Former Smoker Turned Marathon Runner Thanks to Vaping


Bloomberg

Dr. Carrie Wade at the Daily Vaper takes on another big donor of anti-tobacco with reduced risk and research:

Bloomberg School Of Public Health Should Live Up To Mission Statement, Save ‘Millions At A Time’


Tobacco 21

While the public is, you can’t be convinced this will work. You’re too savvy for that.

Tobacco 21 Is a Catch-22


Denver Is Hiring Teen Cigarette Narcs

Where I’ve covered the Synar Amendment and the recreation of the problems here in June of 2017, I made a prediction.

In my (highly acclaimed by me) opinion, as the age of purchase was 18, they are having a difficult time keeping their percentage at acceptable levels, and now want to raise it to 21 to recreate the problem.

Well… imagine my surprise when I read (bold is my emphasis)

“….the department hopes to snag even more vendors, projecting a 23 percent noncompliance rate by the end of 2017.”

Denver Is Hiring Teen Cigarette Narcs

Imagine my surprise from one of my favorite rodents, Phil:

Here’s that breach, including e-cigarettes:

Anne Arundel County tobacco sting finds one in four stores sold tobacco to minors


Doug Teitelbaum

NJOY’s Doug Teitelbaum is Leading a Crusade Against Cigarette Smoking – Don’t Bet Against Him


Foundation for a smoke-free world

Derek Yach
Just so you can see the screams from Matt Myers – it is close enough to Halloween to hear him clearly.

Matt Myers: Philip Morris has a long history of funding what it calls independent research by previously credible researchers


Still Screaming

Another from one of my favorite bloggers, and consider him a friend: Paul:
Next, how PR firms create “dialogue”…

Then:


And…

Former American Cancer Society CEO John Seffrin endorses cancer research venture funded by Philip Morris




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Vaping In The News – September 23rd, 2017

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SCREAM TEST / Scream Test Update ~ DANA Statement: Australia ~ THR4Life ~ FDA Warnings ~ Air Quality ~ Corruption ~ Show Me The Money ~ Gonzo Gives ~ Snork ~ Tobacco Taxes ~ Tobacco Experts ~ Regulator Watch ~ Foundation For A Smoke-Free World


 

Experts in tobacco CONtrol are nervous and well aware of their demise as they squealed like stuck pigs after the announcement of Foundation for a Smoke-Free World and Philip Morris’s 1 Billion dollar commitment to the same…

Australia finds nurses on board with vaping… An introduction to the Board Members of THR4life… The FDA warnings are useless…. Gonzo Gives…. Regulator Watch… Foundation For A Smoke-Free World…Taxes… and more.

This is Vaping In The News for the week ending September 23rd, 2017


😱 Scream Test

This reads like a desperate eulogy written by well seasoned & nearly extinct tobacco CONtrol freaks.

To shed light upon on themselves and their continued failure as “experts” is sadly amusing. I encourage one of you to send these idiots some flowers. Tell them to try harder. They can do it.

(Thanks to the authors!)

A “Frank Statement” for the 21st Century?

Scream Test Update

I would be remiss, and this would not be complete without Dick Puddlecoat’s explanation:

Scream Test Update

(My take is further down.)


DANA Statement: Australia

Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia Incorporated (DANA) has released a statment. I don’t agree with “every” single part, but finally, some common sense – shockingly from the land of disbelief and fairy tales of Chapman & Freeman, Australia.

DANA Position Statement on E-Cigarettes


THR4Life

I’d like to introduce you to the Board I am proudly a part of.

Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life


FDA Warnings

More useless notices that won’t be read by anyone.

“FDA failed to present any data — much less the substantial evidence required under the [Administrative Procedure Act]…”

FDA to study warnings for cigarette packaging


Air Quality

The Centers for Disease Control did a test. Huh. Jim McDonald delves into what they did, or didn’t find… and won’t talk about.

What did the CDC find when they tested vape shop air?


Corruption

No. Couldn’t be. Say it isn’t so.

Vrdolyak, associate collected $10 million in unauthorized tobacco fees, prosecutors say


Show Me The Money

Certainly there’s no conflict of interest here… CVS has committed $50 million dollars to get their way.

The American Cancer Society is now joined at the hip to help bully fund “tobacco-free” campuses and has “awarded” $20,000.00 to another campus to become nannies to adults.

Monetary grant encourages a tobacco free generation by The American Cancer Society


Gonzo Gives

What, you may ask, is Gonzo gives? Go ahead, ask. Meanwhile, I see frustration from many in the vaping community.

Then, I see this, and it inspires me.

GONZO GIVES FAQ


Snork

They called this one “Juice monsters” here.


Tobacco Taxes

Since National Tobacco Day, this has been coming… if you didn’t believe it, it’s ready to go – and if you’re new here, nicotine is considered tobacco.

Jim McDonald, again, covers this eloquently here:

Senate bill would tax vapes and cigarettes the same

Related:

congress.gov (Page 40)


Tobacco Control ‘Experts’ Fight AGAINST A Smoke-Free World

Please indulge me in a bit of shameless self-promotion. I’d like to take a moment to proudly introduce my first submission to the Daily Caller & Daily Vaper. I was humbled, surprised and honored when I was contacted to submit to them.

I was also relieved. Why? The consideration was immediate. With 20 million possible eyes, and no pop ups, I’m in.

Instead of preaching to the choir, I hope their estimated audience of 20 million people might see what this blog has been trying to say for (4+ years) so long.

My submission on the scream test from above:

Tobacco Control ‘Experts’ Fight AGAINST A Smoke-Free World


Foundation For A Smoke-Free World

This is what causes tobacco control to pull their hair out. I’m enjoying the show.

You can see the website here : Foundation For A Smoke-Free World


Regulator Watch

ANY attention to any attempt to STOP the Food and Drug Administration to cease and desist is attention. Some disagree, some are supportive.

One may agree or disagree in the tactics deployed by any industry or consumer group, but to have egos in the way of progress towards what should be little to no regulation of vaping products, (industry manufacturing standards, no sales tax other than normal sales tax), one with half a brain would give deeper consideration to any efforts being put forth rather than dismissing them.

My deepest thanks to Brent Stafford from Regulator Watch for continuing to educate me as a consumer in what seems like an endless regulatory carnival ride.

 

 




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Vaping In The News–April 15th, 2017

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Vaping In The News – April 9th – April 15th, 2017

Dr. Farsalinos ~ Cole-Bishop, Dr. Cranfield ~ 60 Minutes Australia ~ Honesty ~ Imagine The Implications ~ Carl V Phillips ~ THE Fergus Mason ~ A Billion Lives ~ Willing To Compromise


Dr. Farsalinos

“WHO is making a big mistake,” says Farsalino, referring to the organization’s quit-or-die approach.

Greek doctor wants PH to regulate e-cigarettes


Nicotine Challenge

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Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge



Dr. Cranfield

Dr. Cranfield, who did this long-term study in 2015…

It’s a doctor’s duty to recommend the best ways to live a healthy lifestyle for his or her patients, but it is also our duty to recognize the realities of certain situations. In the case of patients who smoke, it’s important to note that vapor products can be a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, as well as a tool for smokers to cut down their tobacco intake or even quit altogether.

Cole-Bishop Bill Supports Small Businesses, Protects Consumer Choice In Vaping Industry


Australia


NO one. Period.

Doug, you’ve got that right.


Honesty

This next piece, from Sen. Steve Linthicum (R-Oregon) took me by surprise.

I’m not used to seeing brutal honesty or integrity, so enjoy it.

“Every time the nanny-state intrudes into the middle of our families, then our individual liberty and personal responsibility is diminished.

The gradual accumulation of small, seemingly insignificant legislated tyrannies will destroy the very foundation upon which our free republic was built.”

Smoking age law simply more nanny state


Imagine the implications

“I got a few free nicotine patches. I was interested in seeing if I could feel the nicotine,’ he told Watchdog.org. “But the next morning in the shower, I felt something strange on my skin and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I forgot!’ It was imperceptible.”

E-cigarette critics get research dollars from industry competitors


Carl V. Phillips:

So apparently there is a UK organization known as the Royal Society of Public Health which presumably had some importance back when the East India Company was not just a retail brand.

Real implications of the RSPH “sting” of ecig vendor


Speaking Of Honesty

I’ll let THE Fergus Mason speak for himself. For all of us. Something like that.

Just to set the record straight I thought I’d set out why the public health profession is so unpopular with vapers. Settle down in your comfiest chair; this could take a while.

Dear Public Health: This is why we’re angry


How to keep trying to stop smoking.

They call this success.


There are no excuses.

My wife and I drove from Dayton for six hours to Milwaukee to attend the premier of this film.

I watched it again twice this week.

I’m still pissed off.

A Billion Lives is now available.

A Billion Lives Is Available Here.


“Willing to compromise”

I’m not sure why this took so long to surface from 2015, but the truth is finally spoken from a researcher about e-cigarettes in the video, and from Shannon.

This is where arrogance and the fiscal health –  of taxing e-cigarettes – collide.

 

That video is here in full.

 

 

 


 

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Ecigs: Paradigm shift or Pavlov’s dog?

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Have you noticed a shift in in reporting in the United States about e-cigs? Have they completely lost their minds? No… If you start to notice it, there’s a reason. On August 8th, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deemed nicotine as tobacco –  and took the reign over ecigs.

It’s mind-boggling how nicotine and such things as batteries being defined as tobacco products can make an expert think.



The public has suffered an onslaught of headlines, #fakenews and click-bait touting “A million more times harmful” and “formaldehyde”. A chorus of experts have sung everyone’s classic “Think Of The Children™ in tune to garner support.

Americans have been settling for less.

This change in the weather has taken a LOT of work. Health groups have been working in tandem to demonize e-cigs without fail to create the controversy, to control public opinion, to keep resistance to a bare minimum. Now it’s suppertime.

Not so long ago, e-cigs were bad. There are astounding examples and a great blog by Robert Innes about that here:

But I Am Hardly an Expert…





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Now, since the FDA has defined nicotine as a “tobacco product”, a paradigm shift has occurred. There must be one big-ass mass email of “ok folks, let’s roll the other way now” put out by tobacco control.

Not all, but some organizations are posting “less hateful” news. I predict more.


The government is serving pie.

 



*DING

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The bell has rung. They don’t care about safety, children, chemicals or your “journey” to stop smoking. Now they’re motivated. There is official drooling and control.

Please, smoke ’em if you got ’em- and now taxes of your vaping products will be sufficient.

The association with “safer” in the health world is the addiction trigger to all who, directly or indirectly operate with or, are funded by, tobacco tax –  as e-cigs become surprisingly more acceptable.

“When it’s over I predict that each camp will claim plausible deniability to the fact that it takes someone from smoking, keeps them from smoking, and keeps all involved from revenue unless it is deemed & taxed like a tobacco product.”

(Please, KEEP SMOKING! Plausible Deniability, an Incestuous Relationship.)

Get your napkins. The”taxing of nicotine” bell has rung.

You can almost hear the good intentions coming down tobacco roads.

You can almost smell fresh pie cooking. (Thanks FIG!)

UCSF Awarded $20M Federal Grant on Tobacco Regulatory Sciences

 


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Keep smoking, we’ll just help you lower your nicotine

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They still insist nicotine is addictive. Dangerous, even. “They” claim more dangerous than heroin. That’s pretty drastic. Kind of scares me. Fine, dear reader, it doesn’t scare me. It scares the government enough, though, eh?

I’d like to sit down with “they” for a few hours, have some coffee. Discuss a few finer points of life in general, chat a bit, and tell them now they’re trying to convince everyone it’s the nicotine.

No one would want the public confused, would they?

Public misperception that very low nicotine cigarettes are less carcinogenic


Of the “thousands” of chemicals, nicotine is the addictive ingredient?

There is no data or science worth reading showing nicotine addiction without tobacco and MAOI’s.


It isn’t like it hasn’t been tried before in 1989:

The ultra-low-nicotine cigarette is the latest entry in an increasingly feverish race among tobacco manufacturers to stop a decline of 2 percent a year in cigarette consumption in the United States.

Tobacco industry executives say the process of removing nicotine that Philip Morris used to create the Merit Free is similar to the decaffeination process used on coffee beans.

”It’s a pretty common, patented process that we’re all aware of,” said Douglas Keeney, chairman of C. A. Blockers.

 

Very Low Nicotine Cigarettes


What happened before?

In 2008, bold is my emphasis:

In summary, a toxicological analysis does not indicate that low-nicotine and nicotine-free Quest® cigarettes have less adverse toxicological effects in the laboratory than conventional cigarettes. This should draw the attention of the consumers and policy makers.

Toxicological Analysis of Low-Nicotine and Nicotine-Free Cigarettes


I say it’s NOT the nicotine. Stimulant, like coffee I’ll agree with. Drug? Fine.

Addictive? No. I’ve covered that here.

You know that doesn’t matter!

Update: Nicotine is not addictive.

They’re not listening to us. They have tobacco fields to tend to!

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Are there other chemicals that cause addiction in tobacco?
MAIO’s?

Are There Other Chemicals That May Contribute to Tobacco Addiction?


The FDA says – and non-committal as it sounds, that it does not “appear to have significant potential for abuse or dependence….. ” (addiction).

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So, to make my prediction, since the New England Journal of Medicine released this

Randomized Trial of Reduced-Nicotine Standards for Cigarettes

Aaaand – The National Institute on Drug Abuse released this:

New Study Shows Benefits of Reducing Nicotine in Cigarettes

(Took their time to create and then tweeted this state of the art graphic:)

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Briefly – they mention towards the end of their “official” story:

(This is where they perpetuate their lie) –>Nicotine is responsible for the addictiveness of tobacco, but it is not the ingredient that causes cancer and heart and pulmonary diseases.

Smoking still causes nearly half a million deaths each year in our country. Research now suggests that reducing the nicotine in cigarettes to a fraction of its current levels may be one way to lessen the health-destructive power of these products.


Now, with all that, the media – because they do love a good story, I predict that this:

New ‘low-nicotine’ cigarette could help smokers kick habit

“It is our hope, that because that this is such an intrinsic health concern that we will be able to get this approved in a swift and fast process,” Gellman said.

The company will be working toward FDA approval by the end of 2016……   Huh.

I hate math, but let us do it quickly, shall we? I have a prediction to make!

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Will lead to this:

Thank you, Jake Jacobson:

People will still smoke. People will try and use these, and someone in the professional health field will still say these are “safer”.

People will believe this is “safer”. Because they said so. Tobacco obviously isn’t the issue.

So, e-cigarettes are not safer? Huh.

Are. You. Stupid?

Added 9/7/17

Brad Rodu said this in 2010:

Down the Rabbit Hole: Tobacco Control Through Radical Nicotine Reduction

Here’s what Clive Bates has to say about

Reducing the nicotine content to make cigarettes less addictive


Update 5/25/16:

I’m a friggin’ mind reader.  Predictions come true…

They don’t mind the tobacco.

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22nd Century launches magic 0 very low nicotine cigarettes in France

Could the Worlds Most Effective Quit Smoking Aid be a Low Nicotine Cigarette US Public Health Officials Think So

“The U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) funded a landmark study that showed 22nd Century’s proprietary Very Low Nicotine cigarettes were “associated with reductions in smoking, nicotine exposure, and nicotine dependence, with minimal evidence of nicotine withdrawal, compensatory smoking, or serious adverse events.” See study here: Randomized Trial of Reduced-Nicotine Standards for Cigarettes.”


Updated 6/22/16:

The prediction is better than I though:

“…scientists with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a detailed characterization of the Company’s SPECTRUM® Variable Nicotine Research Cigarettes, calling 22nd Century’s proprietary cigarettes an “important tool in clinical studies for investigating…

“the independent study was conducted by a prestigious team of 18 senior CDC scientists”

22nd Century’s Proprietary SPECTRUM® Cigarettes Identified as Crucial Tool in Human Addiction Studies

Added 01/06/2017

FDA sends feedbacks to an MRTP application for Very-Low Nicotine Cigarettes

And added 05/02/17

I can’t believe my eyes.

Quote:

The company’s cigarettes are part of an estimated $20 million FDA initiative to determine “the best method to quit smoking: an immediate reduction in nicotine to non-addictive levels vs. a gradual reduction in nicotine.”

The FDA said Monday it has nothing to share concerning the 22nd Century statement.

That’s all here:

22nd Century gets FDA authorization for low-nicotine cigarette clinical trial

Added 6/10/17

 

22nd Century Produces Non-GMO Very Low Nicotine Tobacco



And they wonder why Vapers have contempt toward government and health officials over e-cigarettes


Remember, Simon says: Quit or die.

Speaking of BAT in the UK: Now there’s a “safer” e-cigarette – because “scientists” developed it, it must be true.

New ‘safer’ e-cigarette with all the flavor of tobacco but ‘less harmful smoke’ is developed by scientists



From 2007, FDA Director Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach had quite a bit to say:

“We could find ourselves in the conundrum of having made a decision about nicotine only to have made the public health radically worse. And that is not the position FDA is in; we approve products that enhance health, not destroy it,” said von Eschenbach, a urologic surgeon and oncologist who was confirmed as FDA commissioner in December.

Later in the article:

“In an hourlong interview with AP reporters and editors, von Eschenbach repeatedly said the FDA doesn’t need more regulatory authority. When asked if the FDA needed more money, he suggested the agency needs to look at “enhancing our efficiencies, maximizing our outputs for the dollar invested on part of the American people.”

Here’s that article

FDA Chief: Tobacco Rules Could Backfire

Added 02/10/17

Reduced nicotine content cigarettes and use of alternative nicotine products: exploratory trial


Added 03/05/17

22nd Century Group (XXII) X-22 Smoking Cessation Aid Granted FDA Guidance Meeting

Added 04/25/17

Reduced nicotine content cigarette advertising: How false beliefs and subjective ratings affect smoking behavior.

Prescribing Smoking:

Added 9/17

Um… they’re PRESCRIBING smoking.

X-22 is the first and only smoking cessation product in the form of a combustible cigarette.

X-22 is a six-week prescription treatment which utilizes Very Low Nicotine (VLN) cigarettes (95% less nicotine than conventional cigarettes) to satisfy a smoker’s craving for cigarettes while separating the act of smoking from the rapid delivery of nicotine.

X-22 Smoking Cessation Aid In Development

Bold and red are my emphasis disbelief.

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This is its American brand sold in more than 600 stores. It is a high nicotine cigarette. It might seem counterintuitive, especially given the health benefits claimed by its very low nicotine cigarettes, but high nicotine cigarettes could have significant health benefits as well.

X-22 has certain advantages:

  • It’s a cigarette, people seem to prefer that

  • It has no side effects, apart from the harmful effects of cigarette smoke

  • It has been proved effective in six clinical trials

22nd Century’s Unique Cigarettes Create Growth Opportunities

This is coming.

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Are there other chemicals that cause addiction in tobacco?
MAIO’s?

Are There Other Chemicals That May Contribute to Tobacco Addiction?

Added 09/25/2017:

You still don’t believe this is happening? The U.S. Government invested $100+ million to keep people smoking.

Agencies of the U.S. federal government have invested more than $100 million:

22nd Century Now Free of Restrictive License Agreement with British American Tobacco


Selling snowballs to Eskimos.

Added 01/05/18

Bold and red are my emphasis disbelief.

The FDA together with other agencies of the U.S. government have invested over $100 million in several independent medical studies which have shown the health benefits of the company’s proprietary tobacco cigarettes.

Dr. Dorothy Hatsukami a principal investigator in the trial has publicly indicated that an immediate reduction in consumption of nicotine is “most likely to lead to less harm.

22nd Century Group Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:XXII) Ships 2.4 Million SPECTRUM® Cigarettes for the National Institute on Drug Abuse


Well, I could be wrong…

Added 1/23/2017

Smokin’ 22nd Century (XXII) Will Get Crushed


Added 01/31/2018

The crimes continue… press release is to settle investors minds, in my opinion.

Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Truth Initiative co-authored a letter to Dr. Gottlieb and the FDA

FDA Remains Firmly Committed to Nicotine Reduction in Cigarettes


Added 02/01/2018

Related via Carl V. Phillips

“There is no reason to believe that lowering the nicotine content of cigarettes will lower their carcinogenicity.”

Are Low-Nicotine Cigarettes Less Likely To Cause Cancer?


Added 02/02/2018

Investors are questioning integrity:

22nd Century – Cutting Through The Smoke And Hype – 75% Downside

Added 03/03/2018

Neal Benowitz himself said: (bold is my emphasis)

CONCLUSIONS

1. Smokers regulate their intake of nicotine to obtain the amount of nicotine that they need to sustain their addiction.

2. Spontaneous brand-switching studies suggest that there is no reduc­tion in smoke intake per cigarette, and that any reductions that are seen in brand switchers depend upon whether or not those individuals also reduce their cigarette consumption.

3. Studies of smokers smoking self-selected brands showed a weak rela­tionship between machine-measured nicotine yield and a smoker’s nicotine, CO, or thiocyanate exposure.

4. Considering the overall exposure data for individuals selecting their own brands, there is little reason to expect that smokers of low-yield ciga­rettes will have a lower risk of disease than those who smoke higher yield cigarettes.

That’s all here in

“Compensatory Smoking of Low Yield Cigarettes”

 


Added 03/05/2018

Paul also covered this here:

Harm Reduction, Removing the Least Harmful Component


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Taxing Thoughts, A Ponzi Scheme.

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Taxing thoughts, a Ponzi scheme. Here are my thoughts to you, Mr. Lawmaker. Lots to cover, I’ll try to be brief. Tax on e-liquid. Well, there’s no tobacco in liquid. There’s nicotine in some e-liquid, but not all e-liquid contain nicotine. If e-liquid is a tobacco product, then aren’t other nicotine reduction devices tobacco products as well? The Patch, Nicorette and other nicotine reduction products contain nicotine.

If your desire to tax e-liquid as a tobacco product to create revenue for the great state you are in, then consider the statement you’re making before going forward with this plan. Won’t those nicotine filled tobacco cessation devices fall under “other tobacco products” as well? They don’t contain tobacco.

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You do know tomatoes, potatoes and other nightshade plants have nicotine in them, right? That’s a fact. Imagine, farmers and gardeners all over are producing nicotine!


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The Master Settlement Agreement & Its Impact on Tobacco Use 10 Years Later


To tax devices and components. Well, there again, you’re overstepping your analysis of tobacco. Batteries in and of themselves are not tobacco. Are pipes considered tobacco? Lighters? Ash trays? Then I’d imagine you see how silly taxing a battery or other device as a tobacco product may seem.

Tops used with vaping are nothing more than plastic & a heating element. To say a tax on eliquid or devices is a tax to fund awareness for anti-tobacco or education. Well, that obviously hasn’t worked out well over the years. The Master Settlement Agreement from 1998:

How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left States With Billions In Toxic Debt

is what those funds are for, are they not?


If it’s then designed to “balance” a state budget, then please, I’d love to tax you so I can balance my budget here at home. I’m not a lawmaker, I certainly don’t know all there is to know about everything, You are imposing a sales tax on something that is not tobacco. I see vaping as an alternative to smoking. I see pure greed in making this a law in any state. I see many people continuing to smoke with the very proposal of a tax.

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You wouldn’t want that, would you? I stopped smoking. You and I both know this isn’t about public health. I know it isn’t about children.

It’s about revenue. Cold hard cash. Want some revenue? Tax some golf courses at these rates proposed. (Sorry golfers, just an example).

In essence, the tax on tobacco and then including vaping with it, is a ponzi scheme. The way I see it, when the money doesn’t come in like it used to because less tobacco is now being sold due to vaping, the state raises tax rates on what money is coming in, creating revenue on something that is tobacco, and isn’t tobacco.

Not fair to the tobacco user, and certainly not fair to one who is no longer using tobacco.


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You say investment, I say ponzi scheme. I use a “personal electronic nicotine inhalant device”. I happen to use nicotine in it. Some do not. It’s not a cigarette. It’s not tobacco. It is saving lives.

I have information and testimony on this blog from around the world. Eye opening information. Plenty of links. Plenty of education/information for anyone wanting to know. These devices are changing the world, but a smart legislator like you in your prestigious position surely already knows that. 😉

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Please, if you’d like to make a difference in the State you legislate, stand up. Take a powerful and completely noticeable stance on this. Be one of the first to do so. I know it’s not a “popular” thing, but It’s not about tax revenue in the end, It’s about peoples very lives.

Your decision to make a difference is too big to make it lightly and affects not only your state, not only the county, but will speak to the world. I’ll say one more time, lives are what is at stake.

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ADDED 5/29/16

Tobacco Taxation and Unintended Consequences: U.S. Senate Hearing on Tobacco Taxes Owed, Avoided, and Evaded

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Because of the nicotine? Please. Nicotine is not “addictive” without tobacco / MAOI’s.

Specifically, with non-tobacco users and the patch:

nicotine addiction patch

More on that statement:

Study explores nicotine patch to treat memory loss

Nicotine treatment of mild cognitive impairment


Virginia just voted this idea down.

Panel kills bills to raise virginia cigarette taxes


I’m sure you recognize this: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. Thank you for your time. A non-smoking vaper.

Another great read:

Puff, The Magic Settlement

Another great read:

22 Million New Smokers Needed: Funding SCHIP Expansion with a Tobacco Tax


ADDED 3/30/2018

Nothing says #KeepSmokingWeNeedTheMoney, #PonziScheme and “return on investment” like bonds that “were based on assumptions that cigarette smoking declines would not exceed 4 percent annually.”

New Jersey to refund junk tobacco bonds for $3.2 billion of high-grade paper

Kentucky is doing the same thing.

Tobacco taxes are just part of the conversation…. We have holes in state revenue that we have to fill. How we do that is going to be how we get out of the session.”

Kentucky lawmakers meet privately with tobacco lobbyist as cigarette tax discussions continue

Not that there would be any greed in New York, either:

NY Wants $9M Damages Doubled In UPS Cigarette Ship Case

Or in Minnesotta

State of Minnesota sues after tobacco company stops settlement payments


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